Murcia to Madrid: Long awaited high-speed train ends the southeast's 'isolation'

Spain‘s southeastern region of Murcia now has a high-speed train link with Madrid.

The AVE rail, which launched on 20 December, puts an end to an almost two decade wait for a service which was long promised and slow to deliver.

“We settled a historic debt with Murcia, putting an end to an unfairly prolonged railway isolation,” tweeted Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez on Monday, adding that the new line would advance their goal to “guarantee equal opportunities for all Spaniards.” 

Yet not everyone is celebrating. On train operator Renfe’s Twitter, complaints are circulating about the frequency and speed of the trains.

How often will the Murcia-Madrid trains run?

Four daily services now run in each

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